Posts Tagged ‘Ecstacy’

ZOOM Cowl

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Old Man Winter is in town for awhile and has been stirring things up in his usual fashion with snow flurries, wind chill warnings, and icy drizzle.  Heading south to a sunny locale is always a tempting option, but for those of us who choose to embrace the beauty of icicles dripping from the eaves and treetops covered in a blanket of powdery snow, its just a matter of insulating from the cold with woolen layers.

This week, we feature our top dog, a fabulous new merino yarn that puffs up on the needles creating soft billowy stitches.

Diamond Luxury Ecstasy

We took the thickest superfine merino fleece we could find on the planet and had it spun into a top notch polar weight yarn that is so incredibly plush you might just have a sudden urge to nestle up close to it and drift off into dreamland.  Ecstacy from our in-house collection is available now at your lys for winter knitting in twelve contemporary shades.  Cream and Smoke Signal (shown above).

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Two balls of Ecstasy plus two hours of knitting will create our ZOOM Cowl which can be worn in multiple ways for added warmth.

ZOOm 2

ZOOm3

 

ZOOM COWL

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 in x 61 cm/ 24 in

Yarn: A- 100g ball (col. 133) and B- 100g ball (col. 131), Ecstasy by Diamond Luxury Collection

Needles: 15 mm/ US 19 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 6 sts and 10 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Pattern st

Cast on 36 sts with A. Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

P 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with A-

Round 1- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

Cut A.

Attach B.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with B.

Round 1- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

K 1 round.

P 1 round.

Cast off all sts purlwise.

Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Fall/Winter Preview 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If there is one thing that really gets the needles clicking lickety-split, its the Fall/Winter Preview at the Diamond Yarn Open House.  Taking place each year just as the tulips and daffodils start to bloom, this one-stop sneak peek event offers retailers across the country an opportunity to browse the sample garments on display, check out the next generation of yarns, and flip through design catalogues.

Here are some of the exciting highlights from the Diamond Luxury Collection

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My fine-feathered friend…. Baby Llama Lino is an absolute stunner, with its flat ribbon-like appearance and airy inner mesh, this is a yarn that is delicate and lightweight yet it comes equipped with a surprising bit of resilience too.  Available after Summer’s last hurrah in ten elegant shades.

 

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Tiny bubbles…. just part of the charm of this exquisite new yarn which blends superwash and fine merino together for a super springy consistency.  Eclipse is on the horizon for fall projects and is dyed in an irresistible palette.

 

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Plump up the volume…. with Ecstasy,  the softest, and squishiest of all!  Retailers had trouble letting go of this one, a colossal-sized superfine merino that knits up quickly on 15 mm needles and creates a cushy, cosy texture.  Col. 131 (shown above).

 

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Good things come in small packages…. this classic beauty may have been sitting shyly in the corner but it certainly stole the limelight.  Look for Cardiff Classic to hit the store shelves in early Fall, a pure cashmere in a dk weight with a whopping forty-three shades which could prove to be too mind-boggling.  Accompanied by Cardiff Small and Cardiff LargeSilver, Brown, Neve and Corteccia (shown above).

 

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Tickle your toes…. with Tiptoe, a new sock yarn that will put extra pep in your step.  Boldly-coloured in eight fabulous long dye repeats, this blend of superwash wool and nylon is well-suited for socks, shawls, scarves, wrist warmers and hats too.  Col. 314 (shown above).